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CSF and WWF deliver policy forum on infrastructure and biodiversity in Nepal

In May Conservation Strategy Fund and World Wide Fund for Nature - Nepal (WWF Nepal) held a one-day policy forum on biodiversity conservation and infrastructure development. The forum covered environmental economics and policy tools used to integrate conservation and infrastructure plans in Nepal. The discussion focused on how infrastructure planning and decision-making could be improved across the Himalayan Region. Dr. Krishna Chandra Paudel, Secretary of Nepal’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, specifically addressed the need to comprehensively evaluate infrastructure projects and policies at the national level.

CSF developing first online course in partnership with Duke University

As part of CSF's Conservation Economics Initiative, we are developing an innovative online Coastal Conservation Economics course in partnership with Duke University. The 4-month distance-learning course will be launched in January 2015, and will include interactive lectures, video lessons, webinars, virtual office hours, readings, exercises and exams, with an expected time commitment of about 3 hours per week.

Himalayan infrastructure from a conservation economics perspective

CSF recently completed our second course in the Himalayan region, Analysis of Infrastructure from a Conservation Economics Perspective Course. The course, held at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE), was CSF's first to focus primarily on infrastructure development in the region from a conservation economics perspective. UWICE's beautiful campus located in the culture and biodiversity-rich Bumthang served as a great location for the 22 Himalayan-based participants to learn about economic tools for conservation and infrastructure planning.

New CSF econ video series released

Want to know why environmental problems happen? How to value things in the natural environment? The essentials of fisheries and forestry economics? Step-by-step instructions on cost-benefit analysis? As part of the Conservation Economics Initiative, we just released an exciting new collection of video lessons intended for anyone interested in learning basic environmental economic concepts, refreshing what was learned in our courses, or to complement lectures.

Tenosique: Environmental economic analysis of a hydroelectric project on the Usumacinta River

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Moving towards Greener Infrastructure: Innovative Legal Solutions to Common Challenges

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Moving towards greener infrastructure: Innovative legal solutions to common challenges

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Webinar with Duke University draws diverse crowd

As part of our expanding Conservation Economics Initiative, CSF held our first webinar last month in collaboration with the Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership (MESP) at Duke University. Brian Murray, Director for Economic Analysis from the Duke Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, discussed carbon sequestration benefits in terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

Training Partner Network launched in Mexico and Bhutan

CSF is launching its Training Partner Network as part of our Conservation Economics Initiative to bring economics training to more conservation professionals around the world.  This effort is made possible thanks to a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

One of the cornerstones of the Initiative is a network of CSF Training Partner organizations offering conservation economics training in parts of the world where we do not have our own training teams.  The Network will be supported by CSF and by our academic partners throughout the globe.

Análisis de costos del programa COMSERBO en el Departmento de Pando, Bolivia

El Programa Conservación y Manejo Sostenible Estratégico del Recurso Bosque (COMSERBO) es una iniciativa del gobierno regional del Departamento de Pando en Bolivia. Se trata de un mecanismo de incentivos económicos que reconoce el manejo sostenible del recurso forestal y, genera posibilidades de desarrollo a través del pago de un monto determinado y la provisión de asesoría técnica a las comunidades que conservan sus bosques, para el desarrollo de emprendimientos sostenibles. COMSERBO trabaja actualmente con 7 comunidades, cubriendo aproximadamente 69.307 hectáreas y beneficiando a 196 familias. El programa tiene planes de expandirse y beneficiar a más de 5.000 familias en los próximos 5 años y abarcar un millón de hectáreas de bosque.

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